Press Release, St. Mary’s County Government Public Information Office 

Leonardtown, MD –Citizens are invited to enjoy a day of professional exploration and discussion regarding individuals with long-term care and behavioral health needs.

The St. Mary’s County Department of Aging & Human Services and Maryland Coalition on Mental Health and Aging are proud to offer a seminar for professionals and individuals working with the long-term care population.

The seminar will be held Thursday, December 6, from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, 44219 Airport Road in California, MD. The cost is $25 per person, which includes a continental breakfast and luncheon.

The theme of this event is: Identifying Issues and Bridging Gaps: Supporting Individuals with Long-Term Care Needs & Behavioral Health Challenges.

Presenters will include:

Stevanne Ellis, Maryland Long-Term Care Ombudsman

  • Best Practices, Regulations & Rights regarding Hospital, Assisted Living and

Nursing Home Transitions

  • Petula Phillander, Southern Region Older Adult Behavioral Health PASRR Specialist

Behavioral Health Resources, the Pre-Admission Screen & Resident Review Process

  • Kim Burton, Director of Older Adult Programs,Mental Health Association of Maryland

Challenges and opportunities to improve late life Behavioral Health disorders

  • Karin Lakin, CDP, CADDCT, Fenwick Landing Senior Care Community

Behavioral and Psychiatric symptoms of Dementia & Long-Term Care challenges

To register, please contact Jenny Beyer, MAP Coordinator, at 301-475-4200, ext. 71057, or

Please make checks made payable to the Department of Aging & Human Services.